Woodbridge Quick Facts

Woodbridge is a small town in Prince William County, Virginia, located twenty miles south of Washington, D.C. Based on projections of the latest U. S. Census estimates, the current population is over 4,430. Woodbridge is considered a suburban city because many of its residents are employed in nearby Washington, D.C.


Woodbridge was initially a village composed of plantations, and later farms and industrial complexes. Formally dating to at least 1731 when Prince William County was formed out of Stafford County, Virginia. Initially the first Prince William County Courthouse was erected in Woodbridge—halfway between Dumfries and Alexandria Virginia—the two largest cities at the time which were in Prince William County. Woodbridge area takes its name from Thomas Mason’s 1795 wooden toll bridge built to replace the existing ferry, carrying the King’s Highway traffic across the Occoquan River. Thomas Mason’s Woodbridge Plantation was in the area of the present-day Belmont Bay golf course community. The Freestone Point Confederate Battery and Rippon Lodge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later, the area became the hub that included Dale City and Lake Ridge, which were previously forged as planned communities in the 1960s and 1970s. The town experienced its current development boom in the mid-1980s.

Living in Woodbridge

Offering a variety of amenities for residents and visitors, Woodbridge is home to the Potomac Mills shopping mall—one of the largest shopping centers in Northern Virginia. There is a wide range of recreational opportunities, to include the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is a natural habitat for a variety of plant and animal life such as the bald eagles and ospreys. Veteran’s Park and Leesylvania State Part are located on the Potomac River and provide swimming, boating, picnic, and hiking services. Trails at Leesylvania Park lead to the ancestral home of the Lee family, and Rippon Lodge, which is the oldest house in Prince William County, is open for tours through the summer.


Woodbridge is served by the Prince William County Public Schools, and the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College borders the district.

The Town of Woodbridge has one elementary school—Beecher Road School—that serves student in pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. Upon completion of sixth grade, students enter the Amity Regional School System and attend Bethany Middle School for seventh and eighth grades. Students move on to Amity Regional High School for grades nine through twelve.

For the 2022 school year, there are twenty-eight private schools serving 3,476 students. The best top ranked private schools in Woodbridge include Cardinal Montessori School, Heritage Christian School, and Christ Chapel Academy. The average acceptance rate is 87%, which is higher than the Virginia private school average acceptance rate of 83%. Fort-six percent of private schools in Woodbridge are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian and Baptist).

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